We all need a little extra support in moments of weakness. The same goes for our teeth.
When cavities arise, they can cause you pain and continue to wear away at your teeth until they're properly treated. Luckily, a filling can intervene, strengthening your tooth while upholding its natural look, shape, and feel. Overall, the process for filling a cavity is straightforward, simple, and comfortable for patients. It's also necessary for maintaining a healthy mouth for long term wellbeing. There are two common types of fillings that can be utilized to restore your smile.
A composite filling is also known as a tooth-colored filling, blending in with teeth in any part of the mouth. They're ideal for small to medium sized cavities and composite fillings last 5-10yrs. Composite fillings can be used for decayed teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and for decreasing gaps between teeth.
How do fillings work?
The process for filling a tooth is fairly quick and easy. Your dentist will start by numbing the area around the infected tooth so that you feel perfectly relaxed and comfortable. Then, the infected part of the tooth will be removed. Finally, your dentist will fill the tooth with either a silver amalgam filling (typically used for out-of-sight teeth like molars) or composite resin. A band may be placed around the tooth to allow amalgam fillings to condense properly.
If you think you may be suffering from pain caused by a cavity, need an existing filling replaced or simply want to schedule a checkup to make sure your teeth are in tip top shape, give us a call today. We'll be happy to help.